Michigan faces affordable housing shortage

By GLORIA NZEKA Capital News Service LANSING — Michigan has a shortage of rental homes that are affordable and available to extremely low-income households, according to the National Low-Income Housing Coalition. Its study found that 71 percent of extremely low-income … Continue reading →

Campaign against plastic straws picks up speed

By AGNES BAO Capital News Service LANSING – People like plastic straws, but they’re not good for the environment, experts say. Using plastic straws “cause problems in a variety of aspects,” said Mick DeGraeve, the director and senior environmental scientist … Continue reading →

Autism diagnosis doesn’t come with a job

By MAXWELL EVANS Capital News Service LANSING — To combat high rates of unemployment among autistic individuals, mental health organizations statewide are connecting them to job opportunities — or even hiring them directly. No reliable source tracks employment rates for … Continue reading →

East Lansing offering unique assistance to homeless families

While Greater Lansing provides a variety of resources for individuals dealing with homelessness, East Lansing’s Haven House targets families in need. In 2015, members of families comprised over half of the homeless population in Michigan, according to data from the Homeless Management Information System. In Ingham County, the numbers are similar. Roughly 46 percent of people dealing with homelessness are families and children, according to the Greater Lansing Area 2015 Annual Homeless Report. “Homelessness is an issue throughout the greater Lansing region,” said Amy Schlusler-Schmitt, East Lansing’s community development and engagement manager.